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Handy (Jam) OrganizationMechanical Engineering at duPont (1950s)

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Recruiting film for mechanical engineers to work for duPont; film surveys all job opportunities for mechanical engineers at duPont.

17:01:15:09 CU sign for interviews for positions with duPont “for students regardless of military status graduating in mechanical engineering."

17:02:00:11 Aerial pan over duPont plant; large smokestacks producing white smoke; VS duPont plants.

17:02:30:12 CU various duPont products on rotating platform, products include: Outside White House Pain, Speedy Cleaner, Seven-ite; CU various food products in duPont plastic packaging: candy, marshmallows, potato chips; CU various duPont plastic products: ice trays, brush and comb set; CU duPont agricultural products, bag of Deenate and Zerlate.

17:02:40:01 VS mechanical engineers working on machine in duPont plant.

17:03:35:19 Architect leaning on drafting table looking at blueprint, engineer with wood pipe in mouth holding a pencil points out details on the drawing.

17:03:40:25 Two men, one chief engineer wearing a tie, both wearing silver hardhats, look at blue prints on work site.

17:03:52:22 CU glass door marked room “304 Engineering Research Laboratory”; tree and blue sky reflected in glass door.

17:03:55:22 Pan over duPont experimental station; large campus nestled in woods of probably north eastern United States.

17:04:02:10 Mechanical engineer inspects large piece of equipment; VS mechanical engineers tinkering with equipment.

17:04:31:06 Man works on huge compressor used in making urea from carbon dioxide and ammonia; man inspects huge ammonia pump; CU various parts of machine.

17:05:24:20 VS mechanical engineers working on extractor extruder machine.

17:06:37:18 CU pressure gauge, needles rises to over 40 thousand pounds per square inch.

17:08:03:23 CU disembodied hand holds metal disk with thin nylon fiber strewn through it while other hand holding a pencil pokes around the thread.

17:08:32:06 CU Petroleum Laboratory sign mounted on brick wall; LS Petroleum lab.

17:08:50:28 CU disembodied hand lefts metal panel of machine, inside are five red tanks with yellow stencils marking them as various grades of octane, grades 88, 90, 92, 94, and 96.

17:09:18:24 Two engineers examine 1950s car; man wearing suit checks inside open trunk filled with various pieces of research equipment; CU huge instrument panel mounted inside with graphic recording devices for experimentation, disembodied hand points out instruments.

17:09:52:17 Camera zooms in on sign on door for “Engineering Department Design Division”; three engineers in row standing at drafting tables working on design plans, one engineer with pipe in mouth.

17:10:19:21 LS engineer wearing hard hat inspects a huge hyper-compressor machine; MS engineer wearing hard hat inspects machine gauges.

17:10:45:00 Pan up blue gas generator; man wearing hard hat inspects machine’s control mechanism; CU top of fiery blue gas generator, lid closes on flaming pipe like a tea kettle; CU round gauge divided into to halves, yellow half marked Run and a red half marked Blow, white arrow on gauge moves from Run to Blow; CU top of blue gas generator as lid opens blue flames shoot out the side of the machine.

17:11:19:17 CU disembodied hand flips through pages of engineers blueprints.

17:11:53:01 LS duPont nylon manufacturing plant; huge pipes of air conditioning system for factory conjoining into one central pipe leading out of the factory; two engineers wearing hard hates admire the huge pipes.

17:12:35:22 Pan up two large pipes crawling up side of mountain.

17:13:45:06 Great shot man stands in front of towering wall of instruments and gauges, man turns knob on one instrument; engineers tinkering with instruments.

17:14:00:04 Pan over enormous duPont plant; VS workers in duPont plant, machine maintenance; VS men working in machine shop.

17:15:24:20 Man holding clipboard inspect gauges on instrument panel.

17:15:35:12 Older engineer wearing suit and hat shows younger engineer features of steam reducing station; workers inspects huge water pumps.

17:17:00:08 MS two engineers wearing hard hats and ties, one man points two instrument gauges while other takes notes in notebook; engineer wearing hard hat enters office and shows two men at desk blueprints; man wearing bow tie leads classroom standing behind desk with fire extinguisher, man holds up a pair of shoes, chart on poster board reads “Does a safety program prevent injury?”, and another sign shows an illustration of a burning cigarette and text “He may be down, but…”

17:17:43:25 Metal plaque mounted on side of building reads: duPont Mechanical Development Laboratory”; LS brick building, duPont machine lab; VS mechanical engineers working on machines.

17:17:59:28 CU decal on truck door reads “duPont Wilmington Shops”; VS men working on machines in Wilmington shops; CU 50 inch magnetic chuck.

17:19:07:24 Pan over duPont plant along river, steamer Duncan Bruce sails across bottom of frame.

17:19:42:27 CU disembodied man’s arms writing on large sheet of yellow paper, man puts down pencil and grabs two BW photographs of machines; CU BW photo of machine.


This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor: duPont (E.I.) de Nemours & Company
Audio/Visual: sound, color

Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0


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Reviewer: Spuzz - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - November 18, 2012
Subject: Engineering Erotica

Made for Chemical engineering students (regardless of Military service!), this film gives the students the nice hot oil rubdown by DuPont about how wonderful it would be if they worked for them. All the explanation you'll ever need is included. Oh, and if you're not into engineering, then I'd steer clear, as It's a bit boring.